Starting from the Lake car park at the end of Lake Road West, Yattalunga, this walk takes you on a circuit around the Lake within Para Wirra Conservation Park and along Wild Dog Creek via the Hissey Hike. This moderately easy loop initially meanders around the lake in the central section of Para Wirra Conservation Park, one of the park's most popular areas, located near the West Gate entrance, then continues along the shaded valley of Wild Dog Creek before returning to the lake. The track is named after the Hissey family, who farmed the area before the park was established. Along the way, there are scenic views over the lake's calm water, which reflects the surrounding bushland, as well as glimpses into the valley of Wild Dog Creek. A wide variety of waterbirds and bush birds can be seen around the lake, making it an excellent spot for birdwatching. Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are available near the trailhead, set in natural bushland overlooking the lake. This loop consists of wide and narrow, gently undulating walking tracks and shared-use trails, with compacted gravel surfaces, compacted natural surfaces and uneven natural surfaces, suitable for most fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting started From the Lake car park at the end of Lake Road West, Yattalunga, head down the stone staircase towards the lake and follow the trail ahead. After passing the picnic area, you'll reach a compacted gravel trail marked with a yellow 'Hissey Hike' directional sign. From there, head left along the trail, keeping the lake to your right, and continue the Hissey Hike (clockwise).....
Directions & comments
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Know the Hills, grading & facilities
45 min to 1 h
Quality of track
Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Clearly signposted (2/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
No experience required (2/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)